Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho could make some big calls before the close of the transfer window.
Chelsea are under pressure in the transfer market.
The pressure isn’t to push through deals before the end of the transfer window, it relates to the need to offload foreign stars due to Premier League and Champions League quotas.
“Chelsea are in a position where they must cut one foreign player from their Premier League squad and two from their Champions League squad before the transfer window closes on September 1,” reports the Daily Mail.
The news doesn’t necessarily mean Chelsea have to sell but considering the calibre of some of the names being tipped to miss out in the above squads, sales would probably be the best option.
An obvious candidate is goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Cech’s position in the Chelsea squad has been threatened due to the return of Thibaut Courtois who Mourinho used in the Premier League game at Burnley earlier this week.
Chelsea don’t have to sell Cech but they could do with offloading him and PSG and Monaco appear to be interested from France.
They can insert clauses into any loan agreement which would allow them to call Cech back from the loan spell should Courtois get injured and it also means they retain him in terms of ownership.
That should make the possibility of Cech becoming a coach at Chelsea and staying long term much easier.
The second player reportedly under pressure with regards to his future is Fernando Torres.
Reports from this week have suggested that Torres could be used in a part exchange deal to land Mattia Destro from Roma.
Torres’ chances of regular first team football are bleak and as much as he may want to stay and fight for his place, he’s the third choice striker behind Diego Costa and Didier Drogba.
It will be fascinating to see how Mourinho approaches the problem of the quota system and who he chooses to leave out.